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Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs - When to Call a Doctor

Call your doctor immediately if you suddenly have severe leg pain; numbness; or pale, blue-black skin.

Call your doctor if you have:

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  • Leg pain that begins after you walk a certain distance and that goes away when you rest (intermittent claudication).
  • Foot or toe pain when you are resting.

Who to see

Health professionals who may be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) include:

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Last Updated: August 13, 2014
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